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marred by fraud, president karzai and his rival pulls out. president obama sends 30,000 more troops to afghanistan part of the surge. 180 die as ethnic violence erupts in western china haven't troops are sent in to restore order. western leaders accuse iran of building a second nuclear plant diss despite a u.n. ban. six years after the invasion, american troops hand over power in towns and cities. welcome to this week's news review, major stories seen on bbc during the second half of 2009. in july, six years after american-led forces invaded iraq, president obama has announced thetch withdrawn from the country's towns and cities but he warped difficult days lay ahead as iraqis celebrated. a car bomb in the northern city killed 25 people. e bbc's jim muir witnessed events in baghdad. >> despite the bombs an iraqi victory parade to celebrate the last american leaving baghdad and other cities. on the streets, jubilation. across the board, everyone is glad to see the americans go, it means iraqis are back in charge. >> today we saw great pleasure mixed with deep sorrow. the pleasure of
karzai government who stole the election and ruled only topple. so much of afghanistan is effectively run by the taliban. in addition, we've had eight years with the u.s. has isolated between the kinetic counterterrorism strategy and a counterinsurgency strategy that tries to protect people. and we have seen the last oscillation of that. this happened during the bush administration, and now it's happening again in the obama administration that we are moving back to a counterinsurgency strategy. now besides afghanistan being a much harder, not to crack that iraq we now have a lot of domestic factors affecting the u.s. policy. the american public is war weary after two wars stretched out over many years. and i think it's politically perilous for any politician in a democracy to escalate a war that is already unpopular, even lbj didn't do that when he escalated the vietnam war. u.s. spending in afghanistan is more per year than any other military spends on the planet. so we're dumping a lot of resources into afghanistan. the afghan war is expected to cost another trillion dollars over the ne
which is often not the case. hamid karzai is not particularly interested in doing that. at one point, his generals came to him and said these changes are starting to demoralize the army and his reply was i don't care. if they are bad i will demoralize them some more. there are a few instances where political considerations outweigh merit in how commanders are chosen. sometimes in the military there is a tendency to say how dare we let that happen? certainly it can be damaging in many ways but keep in mind that war is a political activity. there are cases where politics from merrick. our civil war is an excellent example. abraham lincoln gave ships to a lot of inexperienced politicians in the north in order to get their help in reporting people from their state and so forth. ultimately at the higher level you have some sort of balance between merit and political considerations. afghanistan has that balance and the government has not put merit often a enough. in the book i go into a lot of detail on what foreign powers in the united states and afghanistan to improve the leaders of indi
karzai and his leadership to address this. >> what's your sense of that? have you seen any change in president's karzai steps? >> he's looking to ministers. he and i actually talked about this. his strategic intent is there. what struck me in meeting with these elders was the evolution of this corruption. so, it wasn't something that was always there. it's been over the last decade or so that they spoke to it. these same elders said to me that they were embarrassed that the united states soldier, sailors, airmen, marines were dying for them. they want to lead this effort. they appreciate what we've done, but they really want to lead this effort and this is something i know the president, president karzai is trying to engender in his leadership with his people. >> but what you talk about the leadership issue. you talked in the past about interviews about the critical need of good, local leadership. president karzai, by many accounts, is not moving forward in his second term. you know, his appointments to the cabinet were largely rejected by parliament and many on grounds that these
others have spoken to the need for president karzai and his leadership to address this. >> what's your sense of that? have you seen any change in president karzai's footsteps? >> initially -- he was -- looking to ministers and he and i actually talked about this in his strategic intent is there. what struck me in meeting with these elders was the evolution of this corruption. so it wasn't something that was always there. it has been over the last decade or so that they spoke to it. these same elders said to me that they were embarrassed, that the united states soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines were dieing and they want to lead this effort. they appreciate what we have done but they really want to lead this effort and this is something i know the president, president karzai, is trying to engender in his leadership with his people. >> you talk about the leadership issue and talked in the past and in interviews about the critical need of good local leadership. president karzai, by many accounts, is not moving forward in his second term. the -- his appointments to the cabinet were largely
with on for hours. this came a day after president hamid karzai tuck -- calls for talks with the taliban in london. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is not gaining ground as a way to end a conflict here. president karzai's election opponent has announced his support. >> i do believe we should reach out to the people we are fighting against in these provinces. we should reach out to them like brothers. we will see if there are people who will speak to us. they only want to bring the state down. they do not believe in the process. >> behind-the-scenes, it appears the contact is being made. a western official told the bbc that the un special envoy was seeking talks with the representative from the taliban leadership. we could not confirm whether discussions had taken place. all the afghan government has been publicly reaching out to the taliban, it is not clear what the movement will do. it seems unlikely taliban leadership will engage in talks any time soon. instead, continuing to lead an insurgency which is growing in strength year by year. bbc news, kabul. >> russia has carried out the fi
. the fighting was to last for hours. this all came a day after president thomas karzai called for talks with the taliban at a conference in london. he unveiled a plan to win over foot soldiers. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is gaining ground as a way to end conflict. president karzai's election -- opponent has announced support. >> i do think we need to reach out the people. we need to do that province by province, locality by locality, and see if there are willing -- if there are people willing to join us. they do not believe in democratic process. >> from behind the scenes, it appears as if contact has been made. a western official told us the u.n. special on boy to the country has had secret talks with a representative from the taliban leadership. they refuse to confirm whether any discussions have taken place. while the afghan government has been publicly reaching out to the taliban, it is not clear what the movement will do. it seems unlikely the taliban leadership will engage in talks any time soon. continuing to lead an insurgency, it is growing in strength the year
backed president karzai's peace plan, including the fund to pay taliban fighters to give up their weapons and be reintegrated into society. >> with the personal chemistry still clearly working, hillary clinton and david miliband speak to a conference that was intended to breathe new life into sorting out afghanistan. 70 plus representatives squzed into their seats. americans took a back seat. it was gordon brown who set out the objective. >> by the middle of next year we have to turn the tide in the fight against the insurgency and also in our work to support the afghan government in winning the trust of the people. >> how to do it, well, one important part of the strategy is to try to divide the taliban by offering them cash and jobs to leave. plenty of volunteers are just there because the taliban usually pay them well. >> reintegration is what afghan needs. we must reach out to all of our countrymen, especially our disenchanted follows. >> what he means is it using the 86 million pounds now on the table to pay the taliban not to fight western or afghan soldiers. how will the public her
as the prime minister of pakistan and are meeting with president karzai. it was an interesting juxtaposition as we looked to the military component what is happening on the government's side in both pakistan and afghanistan. when it comes to the governance issue in afghanistan, in our meeting with president karzai, he stressed very much the significance of the upcoming parliamentary elections. the need to ensure that under the afghan constitution, that process moves forward to clearly define or establish the legitimacy of the afghan government and their processes as they move ahead. we also had an opportunity to visit the police training centers there in kabul. very important to understand the progress that is being made at the afghan army is being trained. they truly are operating at a deficit in terms of the numbers and bringing more recruits in, but what they have seen in the past several months has been remarkable in terms of the numbers of recruits that have come in. we met with the minister of defense, who indicated that just in the past month, the number of recruits that they have rec
. >>> the afghan parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the new cabinet of president hamid karzai. 17 of 24 nominations were rejected by afghan lawmakers. the vote is a serious setback for karzai, coming on the heels of his controversial re-election as president. >>> somehow, some way, a suicide bomber managed to slip onto a u.s. base in afghanistan without being searched, killing seven cia officers. now a terror group is taking credit for wednesday's attack, praising a possible double agent. cnn's atea bowie is in kabul with the very latest. >> reporter: the question that remains is just how a suicide bomber was able to make it onto an american base in eastern afghanistan, detonate his vest and kill seven cia agents. american officials here in afghanistan still are not talking about just how he was able to do that. the taliban claiming that he was actually an afghan soldier, a soldier that they were able to convince to switch allegiances rather than fighting with the u.s. forces, fighting against the u.s. forces. and the taliban claimed that they will continue to infiltrate the afghan army
with taliban fighters. president hamid karzai said he wants to let militants lay down their weapons and go home, so long as they are not affiliated with al qaeda. karzai spoke in istanbul, turkey, three days before an international conference on afghanistan in london. he said gathering international support was key. >> in the past, this effort by the afghan government did not have the backing or the support of our international partners. this current effort, this renewed effort, i should say, has the backing of our partners, in particular the united states and europe. >> sreenivasan: at the same time, the nato commander in afghanistan said he hopes an influx of troops will force taliban leaders to accept peace. general stanley mcchrystal suggested former taliban could even join the government. he said, "i think any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future, and not the past." also today, nato officials announced two more soldiers-- one british, one norwegian-- have been killed in bombings in afghanistan. the u.s. military will speed up a review of more than 4,300 iraq and afghanistan
seek to harm america. >> the afghan parliament is turning thumbs down on most of president hamid karzai's cabinet appointments. for the second time, lawmakers have rejected the ma jrt of the president's nominees. just seven of the 17 ministers are in office. members of parliament complained some nominees are too cozy with afghan warlords and others too cozy with the afghan operations. the president is leaning on him to get his government in place before an international conference on afghanistan later this month. >>> it's been almost 20 years since rodney king was beaten by l.a. police. who could forget the videotape images we all saw. now some officers say videotaping them making arrests violates their privacy and actually arrested people who do it. what do you have to say about that? >>> the cdc certainty for disease controls says as many as 60 americans may have died from h1n1 virus since december of last year. nearly 80 million americans could have become swick from the swine flu. the cdc says both numbers are on the high end of estimates and the number could be closer to 39 million
actually bring peace? afghan president hamid karzai says that the u.s. and europe are warming up to the idea of talking with taliban fighters. the goal? convincing them to stop fighting and to rejoin afghan society. for more on this, let's bring in atia abawi, this has critics and p proponents. what's the latest? >> reporter: absolutely. this isn't anything new when it comes to the afghan government. president karzai himself has been pushing for it for the last several years. he has a reconciliation department where they've been reaching out to various members of the taliban and different insurgency groups throughout the country. i actually spoke to two former taliban fighters and government officials during the taliban regime, and they say the reason that they're coming to the side of the afghan government is because they want the fighting to stop. they want peace in afghanistan. but we also have to look back altogether last monday, the attacks that we saw here in the capital city, it was just going on for hours on end. gunfire, explosions, that was caused by the taliban. and th
long as ey are not affiliated with al qaed karzai ske in istanbul, turkey, three da before an internional conference on afghanisn in london. said gathering internationa support was key. in the past, this effort by the afghan government did t have the backi or the support of ournternational partners. th current effort, this renewed effort, i shou say, has the backing of o partners, in parcular the united states and eupe. >> sreenivasan: at t same time, the natoommander in afghanistan said he pes an influx of oops will force taliban aders to accept peace. general stanley mcchrystal suggested former tiban could even join the govement. he said, "i think any afghan can play a role if they fos on the futu, and not the past." also today, nato officials announced two more sdiers-- one british, one norwegian have been killedn bombings in afghanisn. the u.s. milary will speed up a revi of more than 4,300 iraq and afghistan veterans. they were diharged with post- traumatic stress disorde or p.t.s.d., betwn 2002 and 2008. seven veteransave filed a class action lawit. they claim the mil
for hamid karzai says the leader is surprised by the rejection of most of his cabinet choices. he will submit new choices for the cabinet but is not clear when that will happen. the rejection will delay efforts to establish a functioning government. >>> president obama ordered 30,000 additional troops into afghanistan this year. will that provide the stability the country needs or trigger an increase in violence? conor powell in kabul with the latest from afghanistan. good to see you, corner. >>> well, shannon, talking to analysts first on the military and on the civilian side there seems to be a broad consensus that the violence will continue to get worse in 2010. that there will be more bloodshed and simply more deaths but 2009 was a record year and there is this fear that this will be a much worse year. general mcchris tollway said before things get better here on the found in afghanistan things will get worse but phrased that as part of the process of improving and stablizing afghanistan. there are more american and international troops and more afghan troops on the way and be
, frankly, the central government of afghanistan, president karzai's goth, is not effective in governance. jon: but he's the one putting forward this plan. >> i think there's some pressure on our side -- from our side on him to accept this plan. last year as soon as the pakistan army made a deal to allow them to have swat valley in february, they went on defensive and took one of the cities that the pakistani army had to go back and resecure. we have to be very careful as we negotiate with these guys. jon: a lot of double dealing. tony schafer, good to talk to you. >> thanks. jane: so you think your bills are out of control? wait until you hear about this guy. he's from colorado, opened his mail and said he was shocked because his water bill was $8,000. but then he looked closer and he realized it was actually for 8,959,000 dollars. he calculated the water -- contacted the water department pretty quick. take a listen. >> i don't know how you could ever run up $9 million in a water bill be unless i'm paying for the city of louisville. >> turns out the company was switching to a new billing
process when you take a look at the election in afghanistan, hamid karzai, which to a lot of people look like a joke and ahmadinejad's election as well, that there's going to be some real changes that people are going to be looking for. >> again, i go back to my biggest winner, hillary clinton, here, because, you know, if the world changes in iran, in a way we might like, this is also something she can use, particularly as a woman, because women have been so vocal against ahmadinejad in iran, i think this is the way that hillary clinton can flex her muscle. >> all right. happy new year to all of you. thank you very much. hope we'll all be winners this year. >> yes. >> all right. thanks again. >> thanks. >>> our cnn's jeanne moos has made us think and laugh with a year full of the most unusual reports. well, we've chosen our favorite. wait until you see what it is. host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: did the waltons take way too long to say goodnight? mom: g'night john boy. g'night mary ellen. mary ellen: g'night mama. g'night erin. elizabeth
for the electoral process. it was a sickness can step. we are now watching closely as the karzai yet patrician and parliament put together the key ministers of the national government. we are going to continue our efforts in afghanistan but we also recognize, as the president outlined, we need to continue to move as rapidly as possible because clearly we want as i am sure the afghan people want to be able to see this transition where functions that may well be done today by the national community that we are building up the capacity for the government to be able to assume these responsibilities over the next couple of years. >> i have a question about a related country, and i would be human. haleh tomb are you to be anti-american, anti-western or antiforeign sentiment in yemen and do you have any concerns that those feelings would hinder or hurt your attempt to to help the yemenis government? >> well, i think we continue to look for ways in which we can support the yemeni government on military bases, civilian basis and economic basis and we are encouraged by the recent comments by the preside
probably take two or three years. and then president karzai really threw cold water on things when he said that afghanistan would not be able to provide for its own security for 15 to 20 years let alone 18 months. so the question is this, when july, 2011 rolls around, will we be at the beginning of the troop withdrawal or just in the middle of it? will we be standing on the cliff or going down the ramp? and will we be at the inflection or point of no return in an open-ended war. the american people and our troops deserve a solid plan. we have the right to know exactly what we're getting into before we start spending billions of dollars more and more and more of our troops' blood. that's why congress must ask the administration some tough questions and demand better answers. you know that's our responsibility, that's our job. especially before we authorize another dime for this foreign occupation. we must make sure that the next appropriation has a much better balance between military and civilian need, a balance that will be considerbly better than the last appropriation. we must make sure
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